2017 October

2017.10.05 October
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I am exploring and connecting ideas which contribute to creating possibilities and discovering creative connections which make everything possible.

The Commons

A commons is neither state nor market. It has three main elements. First a resource, such as land, water, minerals, scientific research, hardware or software. Second a community of people who have shared and equal rights to this resource, and organise themselves to manage it. Third the rules, systems and negotiations they develop to sustain it and allocate the benefits.

A true commons is managed not for the accumulation of capital or profit, but for the steady production of prosperity or wellbeing. It belongs to a particular group, who might live in or beside it, or who created and sustain it. It is inalienable, which means that it should not be sold or given away. Where it is based on a living resource, such as a forest or a coral reef, the commoners have an interest in its long-term protection, rather than the short-term gain that could be made from its destruction.

Economic Policy Opinion
George Monbiot
The Guardian, 2017.09.27

How whales change climate George Monbiot

Creative British Columbia
Salish Sea Community Learning Centre

High House Prices and Low Incomes
Site Economics 2017.04


Capital is the only measure of success in a high priced housing market as it has overwhelmed the virtues of ability, work and associated income. Bringing house prices down even slightly would create more balance, opportunity and fairness.

The government should take action by updating taxation laws to ensure everyone pays their fair share, evening the playing field for all. Realigning taxation ensures high quality of life, and equal access. It is an important step government can take, thereby preserving the middle class. The related benefit would be a decrease in real estate prices.

Importantly, the government should take steps to curtail real estate speculation by increasing transaction costs and property taxes for all investors in residential real estate, international and domestic. Residential real estate should carry its own weight, with increased property taxes and decreased preferential investment taxation thereby generating funds for higher levels of government and infrastructure investment.


Vancouver Economic Development Strategy

Vancouver’s asset and resource is its quality of life, not its environment, which is only part of it. Many people who come to live in Vancouver come because they have an interest in preserving and enhancing the quality of their lives which naturally extends, given the opportunity, to participate in preserving and enhancing our quality of life as a community. This is our common interest, our resource, and our value proposition to attract new enterprise and economic activity and stimulate economic growth for Vancouver. It also helps define our agenda, our target audiences and our leveraged strategies for our marketing and economic development initiatives.

We are in a time and a world where ideas are our greatest resource. We have ideas. Our interest is in attracting more ideas. Ideas reside in people. Ideas become enterprises. The business of many enterprises is all about ideas. Our consulting engineering community of enterprises, for example. First class internationally. Our arts and culture community of enterprises. We haven’t done a great job yet of showcasing, presenting and marketing it, but this is not only a great industry to attract more enterprise and more ideas in this area. For example, we workshop the creation of a lot of productions here, we could become known as and market Vancouver as a place to workshop ideas, not only in the arts world but in our other areas of interest. It also enhances the quality of life in this City and this is our greatest appeal for attracting the kind of people and kinds of enterprises and activities that we can and want to attract. Our new media community and industry. No slouch. Our knowledge and learning community and industry; educational institutions, The Commonwealth of Learning types of organizations based here and a huge array of other enterprises her in this area. We even host the World Educational Market. Who knows?

Our community interest industry; lots of organizations focussed on common community interest issues, many innovative, embryonic, started here and are starting here. And so on. We have a great story, the right appeal. And smart people with ideas understand the benefits of being in good company as well as wanting to continue to shape a future and a community that works well, for them, and for others.

It is the Richmond Auto Mall idea of attracting, in a targeted and personalized way, selected new enterprises to help us all in the category to be more successful, as they say in marketing. If we go after the idea enterprises, all of which need servicing which creates additional economic activity, most of which can relocate easily and require little new infrastructure investment, contribute leveraged and additional value add benefits when they are here, make limited demands on our quality of life when they are here, are leveraged and highly influential in attracting more and better of the same kinds of enterprises, and require and attract more of the profile and kind of people who are more likely to positively contribute to our community and our future. This may be a bit of a selfish and self- interested strategy. We could just bring a casino here.

The resources and interests of these communities of enterprise that are here now can be marshalled, showcased and mobilized to do the job in their own community interest and in our collective community interest, more easily, reasonably and successfully with guidance, assistance and support. They have an understanding of the DNA of the community they are part of and have the relationships within the community to connect and carry the discussion.

Putting this strategy together and making this happen is not difficult. We simply need to mobilize ideas that make sense, that work in our interest and are doable to build capacity around what we have. How many bright people do we need to articulate the one pager? I’ll take on the job of facilitating the articulation of a provocative strategy that could work or at least provoke discussion and generate more interest and activity around this topic ideas at a Downtown Vancouver Association sponsored or co sponsored public forum event. Are there a few people interested in working on it? Who should we put in a room? How about a few people from organizations that are already engaged directly or indirectly on this interest?


The Young Actors Project
33 Videos

Thanksgiving notes

Shipibo People

Connecting our communities

Writers and Ideas
Connections from Indian Givers on

Discovering the New World

Creative Community Enterprise


Add collaboration, cooperation, culture, fairness

Home for Good
Home for Good content and community
Home for Good PDF and story

Rental Housing in Metro Vancouver

Creative Community Network

Evolution of the Story

Evolution of the Story – Reorder
Add West End
The Story So Far

The story so far

ArtsBC registered on April 12, 2006 to give the participants an opportunity and the ability to continue the conversation

To the story so far
Where we left the story
A new beginning.
2008.04.01 Quantumideas.com becomes a WordPress.
Quantum Ideas becomes a WordPress network.

Creative Canada Network

Creative Canada Network

MOV to begin exploring the creative evolution of Vancouver

Science and ideas

Site Map

September Suzuki
David Suzuki Fellowships


There is no real bridge between the work and findings of science research and everybody else. It would be really nice if there was some kind of platform to help bridge those two worlds. We should be able to work on what we love to do and how we are going to make a difference and if there is enough of us all working on our own little piece then we can connect the dots and that will be the big picture.
Sarika Cullis-Suzuki

On stage at http://scienceandideas.com/

“Imagine a world without music, without poetry, without books, without paintings on the walls, without photographs, without legends, without the movement and the energy of dance, without theatre, without cinema, without the kind of imagination and creations which would force us to live only the realities of day to day life, the economy, the politics… Arts and culture are the fourth dimension we need to be humans: a country without arts and culture would be a country without a soul and a nation without identity.”
Raymond Legault, President of Union des artistes.
from Common Electoral Platform Project – PDF

On stage at http://www.creativecommunitynetwork.com/canada-arts-forum/

Salish Sea



Home of the Orcas PDF

What I am doing
Connecting the Dots
Listening in on the conversation and creating connections with the dots I see

The theatre is a magnificent example of the workings of that particular bulwark of democracy, the free-market economy. It is the most democratic of arts, for if the play does not appeal in its immediate presentation to the imagination or understanding of a sufficient constituency, it is replaced.
The theatre especially exemplifies the democratic free market in that interactions between playgoer and presenter, between consumer and purveyor, are immediate, unfettered, not subject to regulation, – interactions do not require verification by third parties, – the seller need not explain why he has presented this particular good, – the buyer why he has chosen or rejected it.
In great drama we recognize that freedom may lie beyond and is achieved through the painful questioning of what was before supposed unquestionable. In the great drama we follow a supposedly understood first principle to its astounding and unexpected conclusion: We are pleased to find ourselves able to revise our understanding.

Politically Correct

Go Direct Business Plan

Creative Canada: A vision for Canada’s Creative Industries
A Fireside Chat with Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
Vancouver International Film Centre
Thursday, October 5, 1:00 – 1:45PM

Join us for a discussion with the Hon. Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, as she talks about the Government of Canada’s vision for cultural and creative industries in a digital world. Our diverse and vibrant creative sector is a source of pride for all Canadians. It is a powerful force for economic growth and development, while sharing our stories at home and abroad. With digital technologies rapidly transforming Canada’s cultural landscape, we have the opportunity for a renewed policy approach and a bold vision for Canada’s creative sector on the world stage. Discover the next chapter for Canadian creativity.

The Honourable Melanie Joly is the Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Member of Parliament for Ahuntsic-Cartierville in Montreal. A passionate supporter of the arts throughout her career, Minister Joly’s responsibilities as Minister of Heritage include oversight of the Government of Canada’s arts and culture policies and organizations, and a dynamic creative sector that extends across music, film, television, broadcasting, digital and new media. Her mandate also includes promotion of Canada’s two official languages, preservation of Indigenous languages and culture, and government policies on multiculturalism. Her vision is rooted in the belief that arts and culture are an essential part of any innovation and economic development agenda through investment in key creative industry sectors.

Prior to her entry into federal politics, Minister Joly founded and led Le Vrai Changement pour Montréal party, running for mayor of Montréal in 2013 under its banner. She is the author of Changing the Rules fo the Game, sharing a personal vision for public policy and civic engagement. A lawyer by training, Minister Joly began her career in the practice of law and later served as managing partner of the Montréal office of the international communications firm Cohn & Wolfe. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Law from Université de Montréal and a Magister Juris in European and Comparative law from the University of Oxford.


Cooperation is needed for collaboration. Cooperation is not compromise. Cooperation is ideas about cooperative behaviour, – behaviour that works for everyone wanting to contribute to collaborating around ideas and enterprise that contributes to the reason for agreeing to cooperate, – increasing our contribution to the creative interests of the community of common enterprise.

The more we focus our attention on our overarching creative interests in the context of our experience and common enterprise, the larger our creative community and the greater the probabilities of creating the possibilities we are imagine as a creative community enterprise.

Collaboration is a reason for cooperation and for cooperative behaviour


Collaboration is a purposeful relationship in which all parties strategically choose to cooperate in order to achieve shared or overlapping objectives.

The success of collaboration depends on one or more collaborative leader’s ability to build and maintain these relationships. Collaboration is more closely aligned than cooperation. Most collaboration requires leadership, although the form of leadership can be social within a decentralized and egalitarian group.

Teams that work collaboratively can obtain greater resources, recognition and reward when facing competition for finite resources. Structured methods of collaboration encourage introspection of behaviour and communication.


Collaboration, cooperation, culture

Connecting our communities

International Downtown Association
Inspired Leaders Shaping Cities

Why Winnipeg

The 63rd IDA Annual Conference & Tradeshow, aptly themed “AuthentiCITY,” will continue to advance inclusive city building discussions, and examine the role of professional place management in shaping prosperous districts that remain true to the essence of each place. The 2017 conference and tradeshow will be the place for practitioners to study best practices, explore new ideas, network, and share solutions in an updated conference design while gaining the tactics and knowledge necessary to transform cities into healthy and vibrant urban places. “AuthentiCITY” will highlight Canada’s diverse culture, history, spirit, and the creativity of its people during Canada 150, the anniversary of the country’s Confederation. Attendees will experience the pride and energy that drove Winnipeg from good to great, creating a new vibrancy in the downtown and surrounding communities. Winnipeg, and its business districts, don’t simply embrace trends – they start them – making this city the ideal learning laboratory for districts of every size. Explore “AuthentiCITY” with IDA and leave inspired to truly make a difference in your city.

Community Health


Community Health
Community Children Centre

Moms Stop the Harm
Young men and woman need to have real education on mental health and on substance use. No matter how hard we try, some people will always use substances, and we need to make sure they stay alive. We also need to reduce the stigma and ensure that it is ok to talk about mental health concerns and drug use without fear and shame.

Sloppy Joe’s Bar


Fair implies an elimination of one’s own feelings, prejudices, and desires so as to achieve a proper balance of conflicting interests. Just implies an exact following of a standard of what is right and proper. Equitable implies a less rigourous standard than just and usually suggests equal treatment of all concerned. Impartial stresses an absence of favour or prejudice. Unbiased implies even more strongly an absence of all prejudice. Dispassionate suggests freedom from the influence of strong feeling and often implies cool or even cold judgment. Objective stresses a tendency to view events or persons as apart from oneself and one’s interest or feeling.

What works, works for everyone. Community behaviour contributes to creating the experience of community and to creating connections, appreciation, understanding, and relationships. Community behaviour os behaviour that is respectful, appreciative, considerate, honest, open, fair, and contributive.

The Science of Probabilities
All things are possible. Few things are likely

The web changes everything
The reach of knowledge is unprecedented
We are able to communicate and think about complex ideas because we have language.

Selling Canada Short
Activist short-sellers are increasingly targeting Canadian companies — is Canada ready?
Creating our Economic Systems
Creating Our Financial Systems
Centre for Social Responsibility

Canadian Cultural Centre

Vancouver Community Housing Centre
Vancouver's mayor makes move to give locals first crack at condo pre-sales
Home for Good

Salish Sea
Rivers without Borders

Vancouver Art Community
Art Toronto

Creative Canada

Governor General Julie Payette’s first speech: ‘We are all on board the same planetary spaceship’

Together, as the adage says, we can move mountains, can’t we? With our brains and our smarts, and our altruistic capability, we can indeed do a lot of good. And it’s our duty to some extent to help improve the lives of people in our community; to diminish the gap in the inequities here and elsewhere. And then maybe, if we try hard to work together, we may have a chance to find the answers, and we may be able to tackle global issues, serious and pressing global issues like climate change and migration, nuclear proliferation, poverty, population growth and so on. Because global issues know no borders, no timeline, and they truly do need our attention.

I believe that we here in Canada are in a position now more than ever to make a difference. Because we are rich: rich in values, openness, tolerance, mutual co operation and compassion, and because we have decided as a people to share our gifts as much as possible. Because we believe in equality of opportunity for everyone.

Salish Sea
Read full text of Governor General Julie Payette’s first speech: ‘We are all on board the same planetary spaceship’

Centre for Community Journalism

Marketing is strengthening relationships

Three creative interests
Getting information out about opportunities
Creating excitement about opportunities
Demonstrating our story, – who we are, what we care about, what opportunities we are creating
The strongest marketing tool is always word of mouth – getting our existing customers excited and telling other people about opportunities.

Making people we have a relationship with feel like insiders
Giving people we have a relationship the opportunity to be insiders
Giving people we have a relationship with the opportunity to benefit from being an insider
Enhancing the relationships we have with insiders
Borrowing the relationships we have with insiders to get information out and excite interest and tell our story

Marketing is creating a community of common interest in our enterprise and our contributions to the interests, experience, and connectedness of our community

Brandtrade Peru
Launch Event

It makes me very proud to be a Canadian to work on such a project as this. It seems something to be groundbreaking in that we are for the first time seeing two governments partner on a project, a trade project, and invest in it, and nurture it, and work with it, and study it, as if it was worth billions and billions of dollars like big trade projects are, but this isn’t. This is what is called micro trade, which is an economists term that simply means small trade. It is also called inclusive trade. Some people call it people to people trade. The World Bank calls it the future of trade upon the planet.

Cam Brohman
Launch of Peru Trade


MaRS Discovery District

MaRS is the world’s largest urban innovation hub, a place where today’s moonshots beco
me tomorrow’s breakthroughs. It’s a launch pad for startups, a platform for researchers and a home to innovators.

MaRS is home to entrepreneurs and a bridge to the business world. We aim to help companies bring their breakthrough ideas to market and thrive on a global scale.

We bring together partners who might not otherwise connect to collaborate on new solutions to complex challenges
From Place Matters

MaRS brings together educators, researchers, social scientists, entrepreneurs and business experts under one roof to bridge the gap between what people need and what governments can provide.

MaRS is founded on the idea that great minds may not think alike but they like each other’s company; a brilliant idea in isolation is not enough to create a real breakthrough.

Innovation doesn’t just happen. We are where inspiration meets realization. A commercialization hub giving entrepreneurs what they need most: a home with access to networks and capital.

As a home to entrepreneurs and a bridge to the business world, MaRS helps companies bring breakthrough ideas to market on a global scale.

We work with corporations willing to leverage their global reach to assist startups seeking footholds in foreign markets. Corporations, in turn, are embedding teams at MaRS to boost creativity, scout talent and rekindle their entrepreneurial flames.

MaRS is not just about creating billion-dollar companies, but touching a billion lives, creating a vanguard of entrepreneurs working to improve society for future generations and making a difference beyond our borders.


We must tell our stories. We must promote our heritage and our culture
Anjani Kumar Singh, the chief secretary of Bihar
On the opening of the Bihar Museum, 2017.10.02

Fidel Moreno


Craft Link

Craft Link is a Vietnamese not-for-profit, fair trade organization which helps traditional craft producers to revive their culture, promote traditional culture and skills, and improve their livelihoods through handicraft production and marketing.
Craft Link gives preference to producers who are marginalized or disadvantaged, such as ethnic minority people in remote areas, street children, and people with disabilities and producer groups that are investing in the handicraft producers’ social welfare.
Craft Link is currently supporting 63 artisan groups all over Vietnam. 45% are ethnic minorities, 25% are disadvantaged groups, and 30% are traditional villages
Craft Link makes money and operates in a business-like fashion. Three things make us different. First, we are committed to working with producers who need our services. Second, profits are used for the organization’s development activities and for developing new handicraft projects, not for the benefit of the owner or board. Third, because the profits do not go into the pockets of individuals, many people share our vision and willingly invest time and energy to make this vision a reality.
Craft Link is committed to treating all of its handicraft artisans fairly; paying artisan groups fair wages, using profits to assist in new project activities, and providing different training for the artisans and markets for their products through its shops, bazaars and export.
Craft Link needs to be financially self-sustainable and not dependent on outside money to continue its efforts to help producers continue. Purchasing handicraft products through Craft Link’s shop, bazaars and other distribution channels, telling others about our products and vision, and contributing to assisting Craft Link in retailing, distribution and development will increase our ability to increase to improve the economic, cultural, and social well-being of the communities Craft Link serves

Craft Link

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development


The mission of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

The OECD works with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change and provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems.

We measure productivity and global flows of trade and investment. We analyze and compare data to predict future trends. We set international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals.

We also look at issues that directly affect everyone’s daily life, like how much people pay in taxes and social security, and how much leisure time they can take. We compare how different countries’ school systems are readying their young people for modern life, and how different countries’ pension systems will look after their citizens in old age.

We work with business, through the Business and Industry Advisory Committee, and with labour, through the Trade Union Advisory Committee and we have active contacts with other civil society organizations.

The common thread of our work is a shared commitment to market economies backed by democratic institutions and focused on the wellbeing of all citizens. Along the way, we also set out to make life harder for the terrorists, tax dodgers, crooked businessmen and others whose actions undermine a fair and open society.

Drawing on real-life experience, we recommend policies designed to improve the quality of people’s lives. Currently we are focused on helping governments around the world to:

Restore confidence in markets and the institutions that make them function.
Re-establish healthy public finances as a basis for future sustainable economic growth.
Foster and support new sources of growth through innovation, environmentally friendly ‘green growth’ strategies and the development of emerging economies.
Ensure that people of all ages can develop the skills to work productively and satisfyingly in the jobs of tomorrow.

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development

Creating connections in the theatre of the new world

Word of mouth is the media in the new world
E excite word of mouth with stories that
1. make our case and/or
2. excite creative connections

Word of Mouth

Creative Canada 150
Major contributors to our different creative interests

David Suzuki to creating a future for our environment
Bill Reid to creating a future for our native cultures
2017 October Links

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

One of the top ten creative opportunities for Creative Canada
Fireside Chat Creative Canada: A vision for Canada’s Creative Industries



City Studio Vancouver

A Creative Economy

Some more previews





A Creative Economy

Fighting populism: How to rebuild spaces for constructive public discourse

Walls that need to go: Ideas for a more inclusive world

‘We Don’t Exist’: Life Inside Mongolia’s Swelling Slums – NYTimes.com

It’s Not Genghis Khan’s Mongolia – NYTimes.com

Innovate Now Canada

Frequently asked questions – Wikimedia Foundation

Free Film Screenings | North of 49 Movies on Campus – SFU Woodward’s – Simon Fraser University

What’s Stopping Vancouver From Becoming a Great City? | The Tyee

Does Even Mark Zuckerberg Know What Facebook Is?

Douglas Reynolds Gallery

Unfinished business for Canadian journalism

Unfinished business for Canadian journalism

Unfinished business for Canadian journalism

Unfinished business for Canadian journalism

Journalism matters more than ever. We need help to save it – The Globe and Mail

Statement – The Shattered Mirror


News industry should feel full digital disruption

News industry should feel full digital disruption

About – ONA17


Vancouver Opera goes in search of the real Turandot | Georgia Straight Vancouver’s News & Entertainment Weekly

Our Story – MusiCounts

Our Story

What is the Canadian Music Class Challenge? – CBC Music

BCHAF Frequently Asked Questions

about STEP – STEP

Nine Million Stars – STEP

World-renowned carpet designer puts out the welcome mat in Vancouver – The Globe and Mail

Kill Site C, Former Hydro CEO Tells Commission | The Tyee

The Oil Patch Conundrum – Vancouver Writers Festival

Think Big, Canada – Vancouver Writers Festival

Indigenous knowledge paints portrait of transformation in the Mackenzie River basin – The Globe and Mail

A co-working space for the creative class – The Globe and Mail

We throw out $31B of food every year. This chef is reclaiming some to feed the poor – The Globe and Mail

Canada 150: A summer of love for Canadian theatre around the world – The Globe and Mail

Contest seeks ‘transformational’ projects to boost the Canadian economy – The Globe and Mail

Canada should build the next Amazon, not lure one – The Globe and Mail

Pluralism is a path to lasting peace and prosperity – The Globe and Mail

Local newspapers deserve better than Joly’s culture plan – The Globe and Mail

The Maker Movement in schools has students learning by doing – The Globe and Mail

Public editor: Updating The Globe’s Editorial Code of Conduct – The Globe and Mail

Cancon 2.0 and the Netflix deal: The 10 key takeaways – The Globe and Mail

Experts gather in Vancouver to brainstorm on southern resident whale recovery

For true reconciliation, First Nations laws must be used: scholar

About Us | Canadian Arts Coalition

About Us

Our Members | Canadian Arts Coalition

Our Members

Knowledge is the antidote to the perils of globalization | Vancouver Sun
Daphne Bramham: Knowledge is the antidote to the perils of globalization

Home – Music Heals


Profiles of schools across Canada to help you choose where to study – The Globe and Mail

Read the 2017 Canadian University Report – The Globe and Mail

Canada and the G7

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (cartoon) – YouTube

An Economic Hit Man Confesses and Calls to Action | John Perkins | TEDxTraverseCity – YouTube

It’s the Context, Stupid | WIRED

IFTF: Who We Are

Less Is More: Interface Agents as Digital Butlers | WIRED

Bit by Bit on Wall Street:Lucky Strikes Again | WIRED

Learning by Doing: Don’t dissect the frog, build it | WIRED

Nature Conservancy of Canada special feature – Why Forests Matter



NCC: Valuing the natural capital of NCC’s protected areas


About Healing Winds

Our Mission – Good Work Institute

Learn How to Sell on Etsy

About | EntArtist

Behind the Curtain

BRAND(TRADE) | Eco Fashion Talk


In 2003 the City of Vancouver was designated the first Cultural Capital of Canada

Why a Creative Manifesto | Roger Chilton

Why a Creative Manifesto

The keys to entrepreneurial planning | Roger Chilton

The keys to entrepreneurial planning

Power and leadership | Roger Chilton

Power and leadership

How we can create community | Roger Chilton

Videos – Sustainable Human

Sustainable Human – YouTube Channel

Sustainable Human – Co-creating stories that change our world

How Scarcity Creates Greed

Chris and Dawn are creating stories that help us to see our true interconnection with all li | Patreon

How Wolves Change Rivers – YouTube

How Whales Change Climate – YouTube

Biography – Hedy Lamarr


Yes, Half of Americans Are In or Near Poverty: Here’s More Evidence | By | Common Dreams

Journalism’s goals

If one of journalism’s goals is to encourage productive public debate, then immersive media may succeed where more traditional forms of storytelling have faltered. Although there hasn’t been enough research to conclude that VR can permanently transform views or behaviours, some studies suggest that it can help people look at a situation from a different perspective and act accordingly. For example, in one study, participants who experienced a virtual simulation of schizophrenia and read about the disorder had more empathy than those who did the reading but didn’t use the simulator.

Experiencing something first-hand through an immersive video will likely resonate more than reading a personal account of the same situation. In journalism, it’s a powerful way to get someone to connect with an unfamiliar story and consider other perspectives.

One notable example is The New York Times’ “The Displaced,” a 360 video that follows the experiences of three children uprooted by conflict. The author of a new paper, titled “Can Immersive Journalism Enhance Empathy?” suggests that “The Displaced” gives viewers “a deeper view of the children’s personality and emotions” and therefore encourages feelings of empathy towards them.

The rise of immersive journalism feels inevitable, given the recent convergence of media and tech, the declining public trust in media, as well as the growing popularity of personal journalism, which is presented from one person’s perspective — someone for viewers and readers to identify with.

First, VR is an intimate medium for advanced multimedia. It can combine text, video, audio, graphics and animation into one viewing experience, and requires a device (e.g. VR headset/glasses/viewer, mobile phone, computer) for users to consume content. Companies are also continuing to look for ways to lower the cost of VR tech, which is currently hindering mass adoption. Cheaper VR viewing devices are already on the market, from companies like Google and Homido, while Facebook and Microsoft also recently announced new headsets. Second, immersive journalism puts people at the scene, so they can see the story for themselves first-hand. Unlike traditional 2D videos where journalists dictate the narrative flow, viewers have more control because they can choose where to look and move. Third, immersive journalism — like personal journalism — closes the distance between journalist and consumer by enabling the latter to see through the former’s eyes, rather than taking a “voice-of-god” tone.

The most exciting aspect of immersive journalism is that there are no established rules yet. For the first time ever, journalists have to think like UX designers when shooting VR videos since users are the ones in the driver’s seat. The format also sparks ethical debates, including whether or not it’s okay to photoshop a tripod or cameraperson out of a 360 video, or whether or not sensitive topics, like sexual assault, should be avoided since the technology can engender such extreme empathy and could trigger some viewers. There are also health concerns, such as motion sickness, associated with using the technology.

As with all new tech, VR has room to grow, and journalists must use it responsibly. Robert Hernandez, an immersive journalism leader and professor at USC Annenberg, says the biggest threat to VR is gimmicky content. That’s why journalists should be proactive in producing high-quality immersive content before VR gets “hijacked,” he told me.

When harnessed effectively, though, VR technology supports the way we approach reporting at Discourse. It can enable us to experiment with a new journalistic format, help us rebuild trust in media among readers during a time when trust is particularly low and set the table for conversation among people who might not typically see eye to eye. With VR still an underdeveloped medium in journalism, we’re excited to explore its potential in our work soon.

Anita Li, media innovation editor

Own a piece of Discourse

Discourse’s belief that innovation is essential to the future of journalism is reflected not only in our storytelling, but also our business model. We’re now offering Canadians the opportunity to invest in Discourse.

We’ll use the funds to take Discourse national and expand our reporting in spring 2018. We believe that a media company that exists to serve people should be owned by those very people. We want to build Discourse for all Canadians, and create value for our shareholders in the long term.

Just as the internet revolutionized the way people pay for music and TV, it’s also transforming the way journalism is funded. The result is a more stable, independent and thriving media industry — one that neither relies on advertising dollars, nor values clicks above impact.

Find out how you can invest to help build the next generation of media in Canada!

Media Democracy Day 2017

Our editor-in-chief Erin Millar and child welfare reporter Brielle Morgan will be speaking about solutions journalism at Media Democracy Day in Vancouver on Nov. 18.

Discourse Media

Invitation to Help Shape Canada’s Priorities for the G7

The Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University invites you to participate in an open discussion with Canada’s Deputy Minister for the G7 Summit and Personal Representative of the Prime Minister, Peter Boehm.

In preparation for Canada’s G7 Presidency, starting in January 2018 , the Government of Canada is engaging with Canadian stakeholders to seek their input on Canada’s G7 agenda. As Chair of the G7, Canada has a unique opportunity to initiate and advance policy discussion and initiatives among G7 countries. We invite you to come and share your thoughts, suggestions and questions with Prime Minister Trudeau’s Personal Representative, Mr. Boehm .

To capture a wider range of views, there are two sessions available with separate areas of focus:

International development, gender, labour, and social issues
Date/Time: Monday, October 23 : 14:30-16:30
Location: Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Inclusive economic growth, international trade, innovation, climate and energy
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 24 : 08:00-10:00
Location: Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
A continental breakfast will be available.

Salish Sea
No room for both – PDF